This is a discussion on $2 NLHE Full Ring: AQ within the online poker forums, in the Cash Game Hand Analysis section; Hand converted by PokerTracker 4
BTN: $2.08 (VPIP: 14.35, PFR: 4.22, 3Bet Preflop: 1.57, Hands: 1,133)
Hero (SB): $2.44
BB: $2.00 (VPIP: 32.69, PFR: 28.85, 3Bet Preflop: 23.53,
As played you should bet-fold the river. When he put in that raise, you are basically almost always beat. This is true especially at stakes like 2NL, where most people rarely if ever raise the river as a bluff. When they take a line like this, they basically always have it.
Sure he is loose and aggressive, but in this particular spot there are very few missed draws, he can have. And he cant really call you light on the flop, because he still has the original raiser behind him to worry about. The original raiser can have all the sets, AA, KK, AQ, KQ of the world, so BB cant just casually float you with A5 to try and outplay you later.
However whenever you face a big spot on the river, its also important to go back and look at, how you got there in the first place. And in this hand there I would basically have played every single street different.
Preflop your hand is strong enough to 3-bet against a HJ open, which gives you more options to win the hand, and makes it easier to play, because you knock BB out of the pot. Calling is definitly profitable though, and against a tight guy like this HJ it has merits. But in general 3-betting is going to be better, especially when you move up to stakes higher than 2NL.
On the flop, if you are going to just call preflop, I am not a big fan of leading out, which is also called donk betting. Its not a huge mistake in this exact spot, but the whole value of playing passive before the flop is, that it underreps your hand and allow HJ to bluff after the flop. By leading out you are kind of yelling "hey I hit that flop", which allow HJ to easily fold all his air and get out cheap. As in fact he did.
Mister loose and aggressive in the BB however called you, and against this kind of player you should check the turn. Then it look like, you were just goofing around on the flop, and mister loose and aggressive will likely bet with his entire range. Importantly it also protect you from getting raised, so that you can get to showdown, unless he start overbetting.
Your line of bet, bet, bet for value is fine against a calling station, but when you are facing better players, and especially very loose and aggressive players, a hand like top pair actually play better as a check at some point, when you are out of position. Quite a lot of information to digest, but this is a very typical hand, so I think, you can take a lot away from this, which can help you improve your game especially against better players.
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June 16th, 2019, 7:39 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Preflop you can 3bet:
- you are OOP;
- villain have wide range. What his fold to 3bet stat?
- if you win there is no rake.
Flop no need to donkbet. Villain is agro and you can check/raise.
June 16th, 2019, 9:22 AM
Join Date: May 2019
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3bet pre flop.
River might X/C. If betting on river bet half on river.
Fold to raise.
River:($0.82, 2 players) 3♠ Hero bets $0.59, BB raises to $1.62 and is all-in, Hero calls $1.03
You played fine except for the river call. From my experience in micro cash games when they raise the river it's almost never a bluff and you have merely one pair. I know it's painful to fold, but you have to do it if you want to move up.
Play smart, run hot and win a lot.
June 18th, 2019, 10:05 PM
Join Date: Oct 2018
I see a few mistakes with this hand.
1. you need to 3-bet preflop. if you arent 3-betting AQ then what are you 3-betting? AA and KK? they will catch on to that and you end up never getting value from 3-bets. your 3-bet range from the small blind should include hands like 99+, A10s +, AJo+, 89s+, KQ, and sometimes throw in some A4s,A5s. this is because in the SB you are OOP so the rule i follow is to only 3-Bet or fold from SB. given some exceptions.
2. when you call preflop OOP you always need to check the flop. in that case when he bets you can 3-bet with a strong hand like you had, or check-call with a worse hand. when you lead out your giving off way to much information about your hand.
3. On the river its an easy fold vs a 3-bet all in. When your calling down you need to be ahead of more than 50% of his range, and i think you're only ahead of about 20% of hands that hes going all in with.